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Answers in Alton IL: Brown Recluse Spiders
When it comes to household pests, nothing really makes our skin crawl like an infestation of spiders. When you see a spider inside your home, it’s hard to not imagine them crawling all over you – it’s actually freaking me out as I type this. However, it’s not just spiders you should be afraid of; it’s brown recluse spiders that should really make you anxious. If you notice brown recluse spiders in your home, however, there’s no time to stop and shriek – you should be on the phone with your local pest control specialist to eradicate these eight-legged freaks from your home. But what do they look like? Where would you find them? Read on for the answers you need about these awful arachnids.
Where do they live?
This species of spider can live inside or outside of your home. Like their name implies, they are a reclusive species but will attack humans when they feel threatened. In the home, they like to hide in dark corners of basements, attics, closets, and other cluttered areas. Outside the home, they build their webs near or on the ground.
Why are they so dangerous?
Well, they have a penchant for semi-automatic weaponry. In all seriousness, the venom released when this spider bites can cause serious medical issues. While there has never been a death documented from brown recluse, it’s important to treat any Brown Recluse bit with extreme caution.
What if I’m bitten?
If you’re bitten, you should contact a physician, go to urgent care or visit the emergency room. Bottom line, find someone that can help you. While many symptoms end up being mild and some bits are dry, meaning they produce no symptoms at all, you shouldn’t risk it due to the toxicity of the venom.
Why are they in my home?
They’re in your home for the same reason you are. It’s warm, cozy, and there are plenty of places to hide. Be on the lookout for these little guys when you’re cleaning out closets and basements, trying on old clothes, or just generally poking around in a dark place that they could hide.
How do I prevent them?
You can prevent these spiders by not giving them places to hide. They’re not going to build a web in the middle of your living room. Keep clutter to a minimum and be wary of dark spaces.
What should I do if I find one?
One spider is likely not a cause for huge concern. Like I stated before, they can be prevented by decluttering your home. However, if you notice a larger problem, get in touch with our staff for treatments that can eliminate and prevent them.
What do they look like?
Brown recluses bare resemblance to many other spiders in color and size. However, you’ll know it’s a brown recluse for a dark violin-shaped marking on its back. Unfortunately, if you’re close enough to see this, there’s a good chance you’ve been bitten.
Watch out for these pests this winter!
Finding a pest indoors is a nightmare scenario for some. Furthermore, some people believe that during winter, they’re safe from pests. However, this is not true. Some pests even prefer the winter months indoors because they don’t hibernate like some insect species. Unfortunately, you still may need pest treatments, even when there’s snow on the ground. Take a look at the following pests that could still be active in this area, even after the last leaf falls!
Two pests that love to take refuge inside of warm homes are mice and rats. Rodents have long, flexible bodies that can fit underneath doors, in between walls, in your HVAC system and almost anywhere else. Furthermore, they sneak out at night to feed on crumbs and other food they can get to. Fortunately, you can prevent mice and rats by cleaning up after yourself – give them nothing to eat and nowhere to stay!
The roach is another insect that you may find seeking a warm, dry area inside of your home. There are many species of roaches, but not all of them like the same conditions. You may find roaches in your pantry, bathroom, around your drains and other places. Call a pest professional if you have an infestation.
Considering they live most of their lives on the inside of homes, bed bugs can thrive in winter conditions. Additionally, you may carry them from a hotel to your home without ever even noticing it. Make sure to check your bed and hotel room carefully for bed bugs, and make sure you get any problems taken care of right away!
Spiders love to spend the winter in attics and basements where they can get away from the cold, damp conditions. This means be careful when sticking your nose into dark, hidden places where spiders like to hang out. You may get more than you bargained for!
Pest problems? Call Imel for a home that’s pest-free for the holidays!